Microsoft to put Office programs on Nokia phones

SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft is working with Nokia to put Office software and other programs on smart phones.

The companies say people will be able to read, edit and create new Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote programs on Nokia smart phones, which run an operating system called Symbian that competes with Microsoft Corp.'s own Windows Mobile.

Nokia phones will also work with Microsoft's Unified Communications system, which brings together Internet-based phones, instant messaging, e-mail and online conferencing for a company's employees.

The companies say Nokia smart phones with Microsoft communication software will start shipping next year, and Office programs will come later.

Finland-based Nokia is the world's largest cell phone maker, though Apple's iPhone, Research In Motion's BlackBerry and Palm Inc.'s Pre have been getting much of the attention in the U.S.

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